‘Billions’ Season 5 Premiere Recap: Axe and Chuck Both Get Blindsided

by Jeremy Spirogis
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After 4 seasons of back-room offers, underhanded performs, and outright lawbreaking, can Billions viewers be shocked? With the Ice Juice storyline again a methods and the Connerty setup capping off season 4, followers of the Showtime sequence in all probability know higher than to take something at face worth.

[Spoiler alert: Plot particulars by way of ‘Billions’ Season 5 Episode 1 observe.]

Certainly, nobody would count on New York Attorney General Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) or billionaire Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) to cease peeking round corners. And viewers acquired an ideal instance of this anticipated deceit within the season 5 premiere.

In a fast chat in Axe’s workplace, Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon) revealed that they (i.e., Taylor) returned to Axe Capital as an assumed double agent of Chuck’s. Upon listening to of the deception, Axe barely flinched.

“I know,” Axe instructed Taylor, earlier than citing their (Taylor’s) physique language as proof. But within the gimmick-heavy season 5 premiere, the principle characters of Billions each felt the sting of shock setbacks.

Axe went from ayahuasca excessive to cover-shoot snub

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Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades and Damian Lewis as Bobby “Axe” Axelrod in BILLIONS | JoJo Whilden/SHOWTIME

In the season 5 premiere’s sluggish begin, viewers bounced from the amazingly awkward Chuck Rhoades Sr. wedding ceremony to an Alaskan hut the place Axe and Wags (David Costabile) have been tripping on the psychedelic plant ayahuasca earlier than going again to the marriage.

Prior to their Big Apple return, Axe and Wags kicked off what appeared like a Geico motorbike industrial shoot. (Has Geico used “Bad Company” in an advert but?) However, the actual picture shoot was about to occur in New York, so the pair lower their experience quick and answered the decision of Vanity Fair.

Following his arrival and psych-up from Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff), a person entered who had the uncommon capacity to get Axe’s consideration. It was Mike Prince (Corey Stoll), a “social impact pioneer” who additionally sits within the $10 billion-and-up class (the “decas”) Vanity Fair deliberate to showcase on its subsequent cowl.

Though Axe felt assured concerning the shoot, he and Wags obtained phrase that Prince landed the Vanity Fair cowl on his personal shortly after. At that time, Axe determined it was time to assault. He rapidly known as his “humble billionaire” competitor and accepted his invitation to an upcoming “fireside chat.”

Chuck’s weak spot continues to be his private life

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(L-R): Damian Lewis as Bobby “Axe” Axelrod and Corey Stoll as Michael Prince in BILLIONS | Jeff Neumann/SHOWTIME

On knowledgeable stage, you by no means actually have to fret about Chuck Rhoades. After getting the boot from his perch as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Chuck landed on his toes easily sufficient, ending up with the state AG gig.

But Chuck’s private life got here near backside on the finish of season 4. With Wendy crashing at Axe’s place and the children out of his house, he struggled to regain his bearings. The downward spiral continued into the season 5 premiere, when the elder Rhoades offspring acquired drunk on the wedding ceremony.

But Wendy’s requires assist by no means reached Chuck. (He was below the spell of a dominatrix.) That steeled Wendy’s resolve to maneuver on alone, and he or she suggested Chuck to have his workplace make a proper announcement on that entrance. And when Chuck stalled, Wendy knowledgeable the press of their impending divorce herself.

That left Chuck because the second powerhouse blinded within the season premiere. In this case, although, Chuck received’t be responding aggressively towards Wendy. Instead, he’s vowed to coach his sights much more sharply on Axe. But now that he’s felt the sting of “a triple cross,” what’s left? In Billions’ world, solely one thing a quadruple cross will do.

Also see: ‘Billions’: Who Will ‘Good Wife’ Star Julianna Margulies Play in Season 5?

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